Use a map when you want to see patterns in your data by geography.

Your data asset must contain geographical data, such as countries, states, provinces, or continents.

Note: Maps do not show animations if you set your ease of access system settings to not display animations.
Maps in Cognos Analytics support the following continents:
  • North America
  • South America
  • Africa
  • Asia
  • Europe
  • Antarctica
  • Oceania

To determine whether a column is mappable, Cognos Analytics analyzes a sample of 2000 values in the location column, looking for recognizable place names. If 80% or more are recognized as map values, Cognos Analytics produces a map.

For example, you have four countries in your location column: Brazil, China, India, and Russia. The typographical error for India means that only 75% of the values are recognizable place names and you will not see a map as a starting point. But if you have five countries and one has a typographical error in it, you see a map.

For example, this map visualization shows revenue by retailer country with the darker color indicating higher revenue.

Example of a map visualization